Craig R. Kelso

Saturday, July 19, 2014

America, D'Souza, and Obama

I have recently inundated myself with Dinesh D'Souza: his debate with Bill Ayers, his recent book (America: Imagine a World without Her), and the new movie of the same name. I have also viewed a few criticisms on the Internet blogs and done some research on the U.S. economy.

In D'Souza first movie, he predicted that Pres. Obama would increase the national debt to $20 trillion by 2016. It looks like that will happen. A second prediction related to the first prediction was that debt as a weapon of mass destruction would facilitate military cutbacks. There seems to be evidence that that is happening as well (e.g., the sequestration).  

In his new movie and book, he compares the spirit of 1776 to the spirit of 1968 and shows how many of the criticisms leveled against the U. S. can be seen in a different perspective than that of liberal progressives; that the U. S. has been a good influence in the world.

It is difficult to make the argument to progressives that Pres. Obama is deliberately attempting to weaken the nation by increasing debt, since the economy seems to be improving. But, my gut feeling is that he may be setting things up so that what he does cannot be easily undone.

The graphic above shows alternative scenarios for the future of the national debt. Given Pres. Obama's ability to convince people to vote for him, the growing entitlement population, Obamacare, and the acceptance of his narrative  by progressives, it looks more and more like the dashed line will be the future reality.

D'Souza is doing what he can to serve as a counterbalance to the wave of progressivism. 


Tuesday, July 08, 2014

D'Souza vs. Ayers

I have viewed a couple debates between Dinesh D'Souza and Bill Ayers. and This is on the heels of D'Souza's movie America. D'Souza's premise is that the U. S. a good nation. We make mistakes, but most of the time we get it right. On the other hand, Ayers seems to believe that the U. S. is an evil empire.